If loose or missing teeth make you self-conscious and reduce your quality of life, Paul Lustiger, DDS, Alexander Hahn, DMD, and the experienced team at Dental Professionals of Jersey City can help. They offer dental implants to give you the white, full set of teeth you desire and restore your smile to one you’re proud of. Call the Jersey City, New Jersey, office to learn more about dental implants or schedule an appointment online today.
Missing teeth can be embarrassing and negatively impact your ability to chew and speak properly. Dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps of missing teeth with replacement teeth.
The implants are metal posts that your dentist surgically implants in your jawbone. They support new replacement teeth, such as crowns or bridges.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants provide numerous physical and psychological health benefits. Examples include:
Implants act as your tooth’s root and help maintain your jawbone’s integrity. They are a permanent solution for tooth loss, and they look and function like your natural teeth.
Before you consider dental implants your dentist reviews your medical history, takes X-rays, and completes a comprehensive dental exam.
To be considered, you must be willing to undergo dental implant surgery and wait several months for your jawbone to heal. Receiving dental implants is usually a multiple-step process:
If your jawbone isn’t strong enough to support implants, your dentist completes tissue grafting prior to implant placement. Natural or synthetic bone grafts provide support structures for new jawbone growth.
Once your jawbone heals or if you don’t require bone grafting, your dentist surgically places implants into your jawbone. While the implants heal, you follow a special soft foods diet.
Bone grows around the implants during healing to hold them securely in place. This process may take several months.
Sometimes your dentist can place implants and replacement teeth during the same visit, but often you’ll come back after healing to get fitted for new artificial teeth.
Your dentist takes an impression or digital scan of your mouth and sends it to a dental lab, which creates your custom replacement teeth.
You might wear a temporary crown or denture while your new teeth are at the lab. When they’re ready, your provider secures them firmly to the implants and makes sure they fit properly.
Your new artificial teeth might be individual crowns, a bridge, or dentures that replace multiple teeth at once. These new teeth can be permanent or removable by you or your dentist.
Your provider discusses various options with you to find the best one for your lifestyle and aesthetics needs.
Don’t let missing teeth make you feel less than beautiful. Call Dental Professionals of Jersey City to learn more about dental implants or book an appointment online today.